Binyamina-Giv'at Ada

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Binyamina-Giv'at Ada
  • בִּנְיָמִינָה-גִּבְעַת עָדָה
  • بنيامينا غفعات عادة
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • ISO 259Binyamína – Gibˁat ʕada
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Binyamina-Giv'at Ada is located in Haifa region of Israel
Binyamina-Giv'at Ada
Binyamina-Giv'at Ada
Coordinates: 32°31′20″N 34°56′42″E / 32.52222°N 34.94500°E / 32.52222; 34.94500Coordinates: 32°31′20″N 34°56′42″E / 32.52222°N 34.94500°E / 32.52222; 34.94500
District Haifa
Founded2003 – merger
Government
 • TypeLocal council
 • Head of MunicipalityItay Weisberg
Area
 • Total25,718 dunams (25.7 km2 or 9.9 sq mi)
Population (2017)[1]
 • Total15,634
 • Density610/km2 (1,600/sq mi)

Binyamina-Giv'at Ada (Hebrew: בִּנְיָמִינָה-גִּבְעַת עָדָה‬, Arabic: بنيامينا غفعات عادة‎) is a town in the Haifa District of Israel. It is the result of the 2003 merger between the two local councils of Binyamina and Giv'at Ada. In 2017 its population was 15,634.[1] Prior to the merger, the population of Binyamina was 6,600.

History[edit]

Binyamina[edit]

Binyamina was founded in 1922 and named after the Baron Abraham Edmond Benjamin James de Rothschild. According to the Jewish National Fund, Binyamina was founded on PICA land by members of the Third Aliyah. According to a census conducted in 1922 by the British Mandate authorities, Binyamina had a population of 153 inhabitants, consisting of 137 Jews, 13 Muslims and 3 Christians.[2] The original economy of the village was citrus-based. In 1947, Binyamina had a population of 2000.[3]

Giv'at Ada[edit]

Pioneer women doing laundry in Binyamina, 1930

Giv'at Ada, named for Baron Edmond James de Rothschild's wife Adelaid (Ada), was established in 1903 by eight families from Zikhron Ya'akov.[4] Giv'at Ada was established as an agricultural settlement. The main farming branches were field crops and vegetables, and later, grapes.[4]

Economy[edit]

Historic Givat Ada synagogue

The area is home to both the Binyamina Winery, producers of 2.8 million bottles of wine annually, and the Tishbi Winery, founded by Yonathan Tishbi in 1985. Tishbi now produces one million bottles annually.[5][6] Plans have been drawn up to build a 150-acre (0.61 km2) wine park on the slopes between Binyamina and Zichron Ya'akov to promote wine tourism in Israel.[7]

Transport[edit]

The busy Israel Railways Binyamina Railway Station is the last stop on the Binyamina-Tel Aviv suburban line and a transfer point on the Tel Aviv-Haifa intercity line which makes it a transportation hub for the area. A direct non-stop train from Binyamina reaches Tel Aviv or Haifa in 30 minutes.

Notable residents[edit]

Binyamina is the birthplace of the Israeli songwriter Ehud Manor,[8] and is referenced in a number of his songs. It is also the birthplace of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Four-time Olympian and world-record-holder in shooting, Guy Starik, lives there.

Sister cities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Jewish National Fund (1949). Jewish Villages in Israel. Jerusalem: Hamadpis Liphshitz Press. p. 24.
  4. ^ a b Women on the Map
  5. ^ "About Us". Binyamina Wines. Archived from the original on 17 October 2010.
  6. ^ Rogov, Daniel (12 August 2009). "Wine and Spirits / Family fortune". Haaretz.
  7. ^ "Israel seeks to become wine tourism destination". Globes. 17 January 2008. Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2008.
  8. ^ "Ha'aretz Online: Thousands attend funeral of lyricist". Retrieved 26 March 2009.
  9. ^ Choose your family, Haaretz